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to recommend new laws and executive orders. mr. obama pointed to assault rifles like the one used in the sandy hook attack to access to mental health care and to what he called a culture of that glorifies violence. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, gun control has never been an obama administration priority. it is now, and the clock is ticking on vice president joe biden's gun violence task force. mr. obama wants to announce new initiatives before his state of the union address in late january. >> there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. >> reporter: after congresswoman gabrielle giffords and 18 others were shot in arizona and 12 were murdered in a colorado movie theater the president offered up words but little else
increase automatically on january 1. major garrett is covering for us at the white house tonight. major? h reporter: scott, two senior white house officials tell us the next 48 hours are crucial. until republicans relent on raising income tax rates for households earning more than $250,000, the democrats will not discuss g.o.p. demand for cuts medicaitlement programs like te house and medicaid. this white house photo of president obama talking yesterday to house speaker john boehner does not convey the 2%se and difficult reality. the g.o.p. leader told mr. obama he wanted to permanently extend all current tax rates, including reose for the two 2% of earners. > there were some offers that conversahanged back and forth yesterday, and the president and r:had a pretty frank conversation about just how far apart we are. >> reporter: we asked white hinge spokesman jay carney today uhere things stood. how would you rate speaker boehner's flexibility? leahere's no indication yet hatt the republican leadership is willing to acknowledge the basic fact that rates need to rise on the top 2%. >> report
, lieutenant paul vance. lieutenant, thank you so much for finding time for us. you said something yesterday that you thought the search of the various crime scenes had been successful, and you might have found something that would help us understand the why and the how of this. what can you tell us about that? >> well, i can tell you, certainly, the major crime detectives of the state police have been working continuously since this tragedy unfolded, searching not only the initial crime scene at the school, but a secondary crime scene that we also discovered during the investigation. investigators have executed a number of search warrants and many, many different locations, and i can't detail what's been recovered, but i can tell you that a significant amount of evidence has been recovered and is being cataloged and processed that will certainly assist us in this investigation. >> schieffer: well, do you have any better idea today, even if you can't tell us of the details why, of why this person did this? >> i don't know that we can answer that question just yet. there's an immense amount o
of your computer. cbs 5 reporter elizabeth cook shows us it's all ready working. >> before today folks at home had to wait to see surveillance video crimes on the local news. now the sfpd wants the public to become crime fighters by using a new feature on their website. >> take a look at this. surveillance video of a violent robbery on polk street in the tenderloin. >> he approaches the victim and begins to stun him with a stun gun. >> the guy goes on to shock the victim multiple times. he even shoved him up against a fence and shocked him one last time before taking his cell phone. >> ever been robbed? >> we showed a picture of the suspect to leon medley. >> i've seen this guy around the neighborhood. it's not like he's not known. >> he lives near the crime scene and says the suspect is a regular around the neighborhood. >> i see him once or twice a week in front of my house. >> we've had a total of 1700 cell phone robberies. >> the kind of reaction sfpd is hoping for with the line up. showing surveillance video from cold cases along with descriptions of the crime and the suspect. and
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members with wondering who would steal their luggage, ids and money. cate cauguiran joins us are from the news room. >> the cash they had on hand was for the entire trip. one member told us they were on the way to the bank and dropped did off and they got hungry and decided to stop. the story has a good ending but it was a rough couple of days for the church group. >> the amount of money that you stole, so you stole dreams, you stole those things that we wanted to do. and you had just left not just me, but you have left many people right now without a shelter, without fooded. >> this group of 24 from oakland's group went to south florida for a youth conference. >> we come excited, eager to receive the things that god has for us, and unexpectedly all of this happens. >> reporter: the group was eating at a restaurant near the airport when their van was broken into. they lost $12,000 in cash, luggage and ids. >> we worked hard, our parents and a lot of us worked hard for that money. it was a lot of money that was stolen from us. >> reporter: all of them thousands of miles from home were
you tell us? >> reporter: no reports of damage or injury. it's still way too early. we have a tsunami warning. the tide is about three feet or two meters or one meter, i should say. very interesting, this time the warnings came very fast and furious. the announcer was yelling at people to get to higher ground. big difference this year. >> we were watching in our newsroom as the alerts came in. what did you feel, what did you experience there? was it anything noticeable? >> i was talking to someone on the phone and she said she should get off the phone, this is a big one. my windows were rattling. my pictures, i thought i was going to have to grab them before they fell off. fortunately they didn't. a much more powerful earthquake than we're used to. >> early indications, are you seeing people taking this seriously? what has the response been from people? >> you know, tokyo, again we're pretty far away from the area where the tsunami and the major magnitude was felt this time around but i don't think anyone is fooling around this time. people are very serious about getting to higher gro
state in the nation has legalized marijuana for recreational use, leaving cops and citizens with lots of questions. john blackstone clears the air. and what town has the winningest football team in the nation? wyatt andrews takes us to a community on hard times now riding high. >> one, two, three. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. whether the u.s. enters the war in syria appears to be up to the dictator bashar al-assad. on monday, david martin reported orte the assad regime had given orders to prepare chemical weapons for possible use to put down the revolt that has been raging in that country for more than a year and a half. oesident obama said the use of these weapons of mass bestruction would be totally unacceptable. well, tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any emgns syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary pane
, even firefighters had to back off. that fire sent up a giant plume of black smoke. a viewer sent us these photos of the flames shooting through the roof of c&h enterprises in fremont. now, they were taken from a business just across the way on boggs terrace. cbs 5 reporter mark sayre is there, and the firefight is still going on. mark? >> reporter: and ken, investigators plan to return here in the morning to try to pinpoint the exact cause of this fire, which could be seen throughout fremont. tonight, the fire is still smoldering c&h enterprises building. fire officials say a grinding operation involving metal shavings was underway at the time the fire broke out. employees ran for safety. >> jay came running into the office. i could see the smoke billowing over the roof to the front, and he said, call 911, we have a fire! and it just started getting worse after that. >> did everyone get out? >> everyone got out and everybody is safe. >> reporter: the first 911 calls came in around 1:45 this afternoon and the fire quickly went to three alarms. since this is a commercial building with
, then drove to the school. investigators say the 20-year- old had hundreds of unused bullets on him and used a high- powered rifle to shoot all the victims in one hallway and two classrooms. >> to pick on six and seven- year-olds is just -- it's beyond horrific. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news the massacre may have gone on longer but lanza it shot himself in the head with one of his handguns when he heard police coming. >> reporter: for family members, one of the hardest parts is yet to come. funerals and services for some of the victims begin tomorrow. >> i read about one mom who lives in the newtown area. her children attend a different school but she said it feels like people need to get back to normal. so what happens tomorrow in the community? >> reporter: well, school for the children that went to sandy hook will begin, they hope on wednesday, but at another school, it at a place that would be a temporary campus, perhaps, because authorities aren't even sure if they will ever have those kids return to that school. but you can imagine for some people they're not sure if they would wa
in america. it is now the grief-stricken home of the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history. 28 people are dead, including the shooter. late today, connecticut's chief medical examiner, wayne carver, reported that the autopsies on all the children are now complete. all 20 of them were shot more than once by 20-year-old adam lanza. police have also released the names of those killed, eight boys, 12 girls, between the ages of 6 and 7. all were first graders. six adults at the school were also murdered, and investigators say they now have some very good evidence explaining what wasde . we have a team of cbs news correspondents and producers on this still-developing story. we begin with margaret brennan here in newtown. >> reporter: gflg, jim. and the bodies of those 12 girls, eight boys, and six adult women killed right here in the sandy hook shooting yesterday are being returned to their families tonight, more than 24 hour after the brutal mass six-year-old emilie parker and jesse lewis. tomorrow, the medical examiner will conduct autopsies on adam lanza and his mother. and the fa
them like they used to. cbs 5 reporter joe vazquez explains why the numbers are down so much. >> reporter: as we drove the streets of oakland this afternoon the only police cars we saw were parked at the oakmont police substation. truth is site of a cop pulling over a car is more rare. the number of police stops in oakland is down some 75% from a few years ago. that's according to numbers obtained by the "chronicle" which shows oakland police made about 68,000 stops in 2008 and 2009. in 2010, the number went down to 49,000. in 2011, another huge drop to about 25,000. and by the end of this year, the projected number of police stops in oakland will be 15,733. police cite factors including layoffs which reduced the police force by 25%, cops running from one 911 call to another making it harder to make stops in between. also, special investigative and traffic teams have been disbanded including the motorcycle squads. >> just the motorcycle squads alone would be responsible for an average of 35,000 stops so that's probably the most contributing factor i can point to. >> reporter:
. lanza had used one of the handguns to take his own life. a.t.f. officials now tell us >> pelley: bob, you mentioned there was a fourth gun. do the investigators have a theory on what he intended to do with that? >> that fourth gun was a shotgun capable of carrying a large drum of ammunition. lanza left it behind in the car's truck. police say they're not sure what he intended to do it with but it suggests maybe he was thinking of a broader attack. >> pelley: bob, thanks very much. we asked correspondent seth doane to talk to people who could paint a broader picture of adam lanza. >> reporter: what kind of kid was adam lanza as a classmate. >> just quiet. >> reporter: this girl remembers adam lanza from german class. >> on one side he did something unspeakable, on the other, that's not how i remember him. i remember him as the nice kid that i sat near in class and, you know, we joked, he'd laugh, that kind of thing. >> reporter: it was the spring of 2009 and the two were enrolled at western connecticut state university while lanza was still in high school. >> we were all hanging out,
appears increasingly on the defensive against rebel forces which according to israel's ambassador to the u.s. include a growing number of radical islamist. >> the jihadi presence is big and getting bigger. and the longer the conflict goes on there, the bigger it will get. >> the jihadies are an offshoot of al qaeda in iraq which ones fought a no holds bar battle against american troops. according to jeffrey white a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good fighters. they give the rebels a combat edge. they are quite willing to die, and they fight on all key fronts. they're involved in many of the key actions. these are not people we want to win. >> reporter: with the rebels making inroads on damascus itself, monitoring of syrian bases like this where chemical weapons are stored has detected evidence the assad regime may be preparing to use them in a last ditch attempt to save itself, an act the obama administration has warned could trigger military intervention. worst-case scenarios are threatening to bec
for something like this? it's just beyond anyone's expectations. it has rocked us all to the core. it's everyone's worst nightmare. >> reporter: like everyone else the san ramon valley unified school district mourns the loss of the young children in newtown while knowing they have thousands of students in their care they need to keep safe. the state superintendent of schools sent out a letter friday reminding schools to review their safety and security procedures. >> we do multiple drills and intruder on campus drills that are specific toward that kind of an issue or incident. >> reporter: that involved children? >> yeah. yeah. and there are ways to do that without heightening people's level of anxiety. >> reporter: they use code words during drills. there are two schools of thought on this, though. antioch public schools don't use code words believing they can be confusing. >> we don't use code words. we let it be known through the loudspeaker system that we have an active intruder, lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. >> reporter: in antioch they are in the process of reviewing their security practic
. >> a therapy already used with adults shows promise in treating children with advanced leukemia. this young girl shares her experience. >> and holiday return. >> it's my pleasure to return this to you. >> jeff: tony guida watches as a famous hotel welcomes back long missing items, no questions asked. >> this is the captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. syrian rebels tonight are ramping up their adult-- assault on damascus and a legalo the country's largest city. the u.n. peace envoy met with u.n. and russian diplomats trying to broker a cease-fire. at the same time there is growing concern tonight over al qaeda's influence in the rebel ranks. david martin is at the pentagon. >> reporter: video said to show the aftermath of a syrian air strike provides graphic evidence of a life-and-death battle which high level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power the assad regime appears increasingly on the defensive against rebel forces which according to israel's ambassador to the u.s. include a growing number of rad
. next clean-up. excavators are used to clear debris. also road closures. detours are in place and no residents will be isolated. finally, coming up with a plan to fix that hole. >> it takes some really solid civil engineering and then a lot of money. >> reporter: any idea on the number? >> no idea. i'm -- i'm betting it will be in the 6 figures. >> reporter: it will be a while before this road reopens. i spoke with one of the contractors and he told me it can take months before that sinkhole is repaired. in lafayette, elissa harrington, cbs 5. >>> this was the russian river in guerneville where residents were cautiously watching water levels rise there. the river peaked at 27.5 feet this morning, 5 feet under flood stage. the highest recorded flooding in guerneville occurred back in 1986 when the river reached 49 feet. >>> a marin county school suffered significant flooding from the weekend storm. classes at white hill middle school in fairfax are canceled today while crews clear rainwater and mud from classrooms, offices and even the library. school administrators will meet
shows us it is already working. >> reporter: before day, folks at home had to wait to see surveillance videos from crimes on the local new. now sfpd is hoping the public will become crime fighters by using this website. >> reporter: take a look at this. surveillance video of a violent robbery on polk street in the tenderloin. >> he's approaching the victim, and then he begins to stun him with a stun gun. >> reporter: the guy goes on to shock the victim multiple times. he even shoved him against a fence and shocked him one last time before taking his cellphone. >> ever been robbed? >> yes. >> reporter: we showed a picture of the suspect to leon. >> i've seen this guy around the neighborhood. >> reporter: leon lives near the crime scene and says the suspect is a regular around the neighborhood. >> i see him maybe once or twice a week in front of my house. and this is ridiculous. >> we have had a total of over 1,700 cellphone robberies. >> reporter: it's the kind of reaction sfpd is hoping for with "the lineup." a link that shows surveillance video from cold cases along with a descripti
afee admits he was playing us. the two things he says he faked to get back in the united states. >> a new film that's getting nauseating reviews. why the hobbit is making some people physically sick. good evening i'm ken bastida. >> and i'm elizabeth cook. an east bay business is in ruins after a fire so intense even firefighter history to back off. the fire sent up a giant flume of black smoke. a viewer sent us these photos of flames. they were taken from a business across the way from the fabricating and welding shop. mark sayre is there. >> reporter: investigators plan to return in the morning to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire, which could be seen throughout fremont. tonight the fire is still smolder at the c&h enterprises building. fire officials say a grinding operation involving metal shavings was underway at the time the fire broke out. employees ran for safety. >> jay came running into the office. i could see the smoke building over the roof into the front. he said call 911 we have a fire. it just started getting worse. >> reporter: did everyone get out? >> everyone got out. >> r
. >> those endorsing them, that's what they want us to look at their overall experience in life and what they bring to government. >> reporter: you have to look at them individually and some of them don't have experience with a committee that they were assigned to so that's why we were looking at this a little closer. >> it's going to be an interesting year in sacramento. thank you. >>> in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, a top state lawmaker wants the white house to consider california as a model for dealing with mental illness. senate president pro tem darrell steinberg wrote to vice president joe biden urging him to use california's mental health services act as a model for nationwide improvements. it levies a special tax on higher earners to pay for housing, medication, therapy and preventative services. >> the fact is that it sometimes does take the public's attentio on the worst of worst circumstances to talk about and to act around how we improve systems that for far too long have been underfunded and ignored. >> now, steinberg also wants the federal government to mat
. and not to mention the stock market, we all know that investors do not like uncertainty. so really hitting us from all sides. >> it's like we have one foot over the cliff already. >>> did you give thought to the "fiscal cliff" when doing your christmas shopping? many americans did because cbs 5 reporter mike sugerman tells us retail numbers weren't good. >> reporter: i'm at union square which is mobbed. it's swinging. i spent the day here and it didn't get active until a couple of hours ago and as i look around, i don't see a lot of people with bags. i'm not sure they're shopping. but the retailers really hope they will because because they are in a lot of hurt. susan wanted to buy toys for her grandchildren but couldn't manage to go to a toy store. visions of the sandy hook elementary school massacre were in her head. >> i couldn't take the shopping and seeing all the little kids 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, particularly saddens me. >> reporter: she bought gift cards instead and none of the extra stuff she might have been found being in stores. december retail is a bummer in the news and stores. >>
captioning funded by cbs and ford-- built for the road ahead. >> pelley: we don't use the word "breakthrough" often, but when you see how this pittsburgh mother of two, who is also a quadriplegic, controls this robotic arm with nothing but her thoughts, you'll agree there's no better word. >> i can move it up. and straight down. and left and right and diagonally. and i can go forward and back. >> pelley: that is just is the most astounding thing i've ever seen. can we shake hands? >> sure. >> pelley: no, really? >> yeah. >> pelley: like, come right over here. >> yes, come over here. >> pelley: okay. oh, my goodness! >> as you send us your bombs, we will send you ours. >> logan: by the time of his death, anwar al-awlaki was at the top of the u.s. terrorist kill list. >> a jihad against america is binding upon myself, just as it is binding on every other able muslim. >> logan: he had become the operational leader of al qaeda in yemen and was in the midst of planning more attacks. morten storm was one of the few people awlaki trusted. what he didn't know was that storm had become
is that these guys cheated the game. >> and rapper at risk-- kelly cobiella introduces us to an afghan singer who risks her life every time she takes the stage. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> good evening. i'm rebecca jarvis. people in northern california just can't catch a break. the third big storm in four days is baring down on the region tonight. rivers in the area have a history of dangerous flash flooding as those who live along their banks know all too well. carter evans begins our coverage. >> reporter: the ground is soaked, creeks are full and rivers are on the rise. >> i've never seen it that high even during the spring. >> reporter: a storm drain near sacramento wasn't cleared fast enough to save the home of michael jimenez. in california's wine country, when the water gets this high along the russian river, people get worried. >> it's happened so many timeses and it does come, like, clockwork. >> reporter: victoria daly and her family know how dangerous this water can be. the russian river has seen severe flooding in the past. the worst in 1986, when th
school and they tell us it will reopen tomorrow. >>> more than 1500 pg&e customers don't have power tonight. strong winds knocked down trees and power lines. crews restored electricity to 99% of those affected. right now more than 2700 customers are without power. >> i just got back from marin county. we had the same problem there. a lot of trees coming down. we have that picked up so i'm back at my regular yard out of antioch. >> pg&e hopes to have power restored to everyone by tomorrow morning. >>> and we are not out of the woods yet. chief meteorologist paul deanno with the next system coming in and new text nothing that will help us better understand the storms. >> perfect timing from the weather. we'll have more on that in a second. let's look at the rainfall that we received. we got a month's worth of rainfall, a december's worth of rainfall, in san francisco, in just five days. we averaged 4.0" in december and we received 4.08." other areas napa 10" of rain, kentfield nearly 10." 7.5" for danville. not completely rain-free. it's not going to be a flood producer. it's not goin
two guys hi and by all the time. >> reporter: they didn't live there. this house was used for one thing only, to grow pot. police discovered what they believe to be an illegal grow around 3 a.m. when responding to a burglary call. when officers arrived they didn't find any burglars but found inside roughly 300 marijuana plants. >> you had lighting equipment in the individual rooms. you had wiring throughout. you had fertilizer, you know, just the typical items would you use to grow marijuana. >> reporter: the street value of the plants around $125,000. >> somebody who was operating this home was -- knew what they were doing. >> reporter: police will now search county records to find out who owns the house and if the suspects were renting. they face felony charges. in san jose, elissa harrington, cbs 5. >>> the father of oakland raiders head coach dennis allen has died. allen had been away from the team since sunday to be with his father in the dallas area. we are told 66-year-old grady allen died last night from heart complications. he was a linebacker for the falcons from 1968 t
and she joins us with more. >> reporter: even by not making a decision, the supreme court is essentially making a decision ask a lot of people here and waiting to find out what's going to happen today. the u.s. supreme court is scheduled to review whether or not it will review the constitutionality of prop 8. that is the ban on same sex marriage. the pro prop 8 side is appealing, the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals which found the ban unconstitutional. it's one of several cases across the country concerning the federal defensive marriage act. >> the court has been waiting to gather all 10 of cases together and they're going to make a decision, either grant a review in some of them, all of them, none of them. they could do anything. >> reporter: if they decide not to review the case, same sex weddings could resume as soon as the 9th circuit says osteo. says -- so. we don't know how long that is going to take. they have no deadline for acting on these cases but this is their last conference of the year. live in san francisco, anne makovec cbs 5. >>> 4:39 now, they're not just good for yo
. cate cauguiran tells us a tsunami warning has been lifted. >> originally authorities issued a warning a tsunami two meters high could hit the coast. thankfully this quake is nothing compared to the one last year. the tsunami was listed two hours after it hit. some roads were closed and rail services were suspended in the area. one city reported a 1 meter tsunami. there was no initial reports of damage. taking a look at the video you can see it caused continuous shaking in some areas. buildings in tokyo were reportedly swaying for several minutes. this rattled nerves in a nation still recovering from the devastating earthquake in march 2011. miagi was one of the areas that suffered the worst destruction. that quake triggered fuel melt downs at the nuclear plant. 60 people died and cars, boats and homes were swept away . regarding this quake, tokyo electric power says there are no problems at any o of the nuclear plants. reporting live in the news room cate cauguiran cbs 5. >>> how about our weather, got the weekend you said that earlier. that is just a great word. weekend, don't you th
: the preferred financial institution of drug cartels and money launders. that is a quote today in a u.s. department of justice report about h.s.b.c. holdings, one of the largest banks in the world. to avoid criminal prosecution, h.s.b.c. admitted today that it laundered more than $800 million for mexican drug cartels and covered up illegal transactions for burma, iran, sudan, cuba, and libya. those nations were under banking sanctions because of human rights atrocities, terrorism, or, in iran's case, a nuclear program. the british bank will pay $1.9 billion to the u.s. government, the largest such fine in history. senior correspondent john miller is in new york following the story for us tonight. john? >> reporter: scott, it's a case that has everything: everything except an arrest. and that struck some as odd because in an 80-page document of court papers, the bank admits to almost going out of its way to act as a financial clearing house for international pariahs and drug dealers. h.s.b.c. officials listed mexico in its lowest risk category for money laundering during a four- year per
kicked off this morning and as cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran shows us, it's community members who have made it possible. >> reporter: for this man and his wife there are no limits when it comes to their three children. >> what kept me warm was, you know, imagining their faces smiling and that's what kept my heart warm. >> reporter: the couple camped out here for hours overnight in the cold for moments of a christmas morning smile. >> i know i'm going to see those faces light up. it's making me smile now. >> reporter: sacred heart's christmas toy box distribution helps hundreds of low-income families with the holiday season despite tight budgets. >> we're focusing on our kids. the whole nation is thinking about children this week. we want to help our own children and the entire community. >> reporter: the doors open just before 10 this morning. families were escorted by hundreds of volunteers or elves including san jose mayor chuck reed. parents got to pick three toys per child and there was plenty to choose from. >> it's options for the kids because not all kids like a lot of stuff an
to a suspect in the attempted shooting of a u.s. marine. live from cupertino, i'm mark sayre, cbs 5. >>> not far away but completely unrelated a cupertino preschool was locked down while police searched for a wanted man. the lockdown at good samaritan preschool on homestead road was just a precaution and kids were never in danger. police are saying little about the suspect except he is wanted for a crime committed in neighboring sunnyvale. ed. >>> in the wake of the tragedy in newtown, president obama is demanding immediate and specific strategies to curb gun violence. and he is promising that this time washington won't just talk about it. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on his call to action. >> reporter: it is a promise and says it's divergence for this president. before the connecticut school shooting he was usually generally neutral about anything related to the second amendment. today he not only called for action, he even gave a deadline for results and he wants some answers by january. >> we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since, m
. thank you for joining us this morning. i'm anne makovec. >> and i'm phil matier. new details, but still a lot of questions about that mass shooting in connecticut. meanwhile, people are leaving behind candles and toys for the victims. >> that, as a shattered community is trying to deal with the horrific reality. funeral preparations are now under way for the 27 victims, 20 of whom are are children. a memorial service is being held today. >> president obama is flying to newtown for today's memorial service. >> and cbs reporter erica ferrari is in newtown now to bring us the latest. good morning, erica. >> reporter: good morning. police have released the names and ages of the victims, but they haven't given any kind of a motive for what they think might have triggered this attack, this as families prepare to bury the dead. people filed into churches around newtown, connecticut to pray for victims of friday's shooting, as this community grievous, families in this small town now planning funerals for their children. >> she was the type of person that could just light up the room. she -- >>
into the cooler, got all of the employees in the cooler, and it came right over us. >> it blew the roofs off of homes, and on this christmas day, not even a house of worship was safe. the front wall was torn off. >> look at that tornado. >> across much of the south, many spent christmas in the dark as twisters came through. >>> tornado winds in mississippi damaged homes, and two men were killed from falling trees. >> it's a mess. >> as a funnel cloud came from mobile joe michael love shot this video from his home. >> what was that? >> that's transformers. >> i'm at my son's high school it's pretty destroyed. all of the portable classrooms are gone. >> reporter: and no serious injuries reported here but it is daylight and crews are now back out assessing the situation. >> thank you, the rough weather is affecting travel across the country. more than 500 flights were cancels onled on christmas day. tiffany wilson is in oxford ohio. the snow started falling around 5:00 this morning, you see the blows have just gone through, we have a couple inches of snow blizzard like condit
gave syria a warning asis morning at the use of s the al weapons. as margaret brenner reports, the eecretary raised the possibility of a larger role for the united >> rep states. >> reporter: during a stop here in prague, secretary of state issued a stern warning to bashar al assad not to use chemical weapons. ta she said the u.s. is planning to take action if there is credible evidence of a threat. she did not say whether there that woinformation that would suggest an attack is imminent. theire reiterated, chemical heapons are a red line for the ed statstates. >> i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do hatthe event of credible evidence that the assad regime hemicalorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. >> reporter: the international community has failed to peop intervene in the conflict that as killed nearly 38,000 syrians since the uprising began. e are ds this morning," margaret brennan, prague. >>> in japan this morning at least nine people are dead after it's unclof a highway tunnel collapsed. it's unclear why those massive concrete
was no match for the weekend storm siege. mark sayer shows us it maybe a mess. >> reporter: crews are working around the clock to try to stabilize this 80 sink hole along lafayette creek. east bay mud crews using heavy equipment work into the night to repair two water lines damaged in the wash out. it's all too real for resident joyce when she walked over and looked out from her side yard. her yard looks directly on to the open trench and the exposed pipes. >> i felt very sad. all our lives is just -- we just have this house. and everything you worry about it. >> city officials believe debris blocked a drainage underneath mountain view drive at about 8:30 and water over ran the road and simply washed it away. water gas and sewer lines running underneath the pavement were all damaged. steven says repairs will not be easy. will not be cheap. and will not be fast. >> bottom shrine that there's going to be a hole in the ground here for a long time. and mountain view drive is going to be closed. >> and even with heavy equipment operating in the area some drivers are only now discovering at the la
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to identify them through video. one big clue in the case the cars used in the robberies were stolen and the three suspects were known car thieves. >> we knew who from past experience people stealing cars or problems in the past and surveillance was leading to names of people that were involved. >> reporter: the robbery started late year up until may of this year. investigators say they used weapons and threatening toll plaza employees. in total almost $6,000 was stolen. >> they were just basically approaching the toll plaza and demand money by use of force or showing a weapon or sometimes not and then just flee on i-80. >> reporter: as a result of the robberies, chp stepped up security at the toll plaza to protect employees and ultimately catch who is responsible. >> our primary focus was on the safety of the tolltakers as well as catching the robbers and the safety of all the citizens that use the bridge. >> reporter: we're told this is still an ongoing investigation. chp believes there could be other suspects out there and they say they will continue until all cases are solved. by
as a person and recount how we felt when she was murdered. it meant a lot to us. >> we are glad that some form of justice has been served. >> that is the attorney, admitting she killed le but asked for a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter saying she acted in the heat of passion. >>> two men cheated death twice this morning when their truck hit a power line in san leandro and burst into flames. we have more on the split second decision that saved their lives there. >> reporter: this truck is just a shell of itself. it was filled with uniforms and 150-gallons of fuel. it caught on fire after snagging a high voltage power line creating a dangerous situation for the youth who live here and firefighters. flames shooting 20 to 30 feet high engulf a laundry truck at a juvenile detention facility. this video provided by the alameda fire department showed the tractor-trailer that caught on fire around 3:30 this morning. >> the driver was leaves and gotten tangled in power lines. that is how the fire started. >> reporter: the driver was head into camp sweeney, something he does twice a week. he tol
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because of her that our son is with us today. >> reporter: school officials say the surviving students won't have to return to the sandy hook elementary school building anytime soon. they will attend classes at another location. as the grieving continues, efforts are under way to resalvage some semblance of normalcy. we have seen moving vans down this road transferring materials from sandy hook elementary school to the new location where the children will eventually be going back to school. reporting live in newtown, connecticut, i'm randall pinkston. back to you. >> randall, i wanted to ask you in the aftermath of this one of the things that's come up is gun control and the suggestion that maybe we need to take meaningful measures. with respect to that, do you hear much of that from the parents of these children or from the people in the community? is that something that they seem to be advocating? >> reporter: two points. first of all, newtown is a community that has two shooting ranges here, shooting is very popular, gun ownership is something that a lot of people want to maintain. what
if not for us, let's make it safer for our kids. >> we heard from the national rifle association today for the first time sinc the shooting. they said out of respect for the families and a matter of common decency we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. the nra says it's prepared to offer meaningful contributions to the renewed gun debate. cbs 5 reporter grace lee is live in hayward with a look at how bay area mayors are taking on guns. grace. >>> reporter: we came here to hayward to meet with the state treasurer phil lockyer and what we learned is that california had invested millions of dollars into a gun manufacturer the same gun manufacturer who made the firearm used in newtown connecticut. well, that has since been remedied but this is one of just several political maneuvers, one to distance themselves from gun manufacturers but several with politicians moving closer to "gun control." >>> reporter: in an open letter to the president today eight big city mayors from new york to los angeles asked for an outright ban on assault
tells us police say they uncovered a plot to cash in on that. >> reporter: deputies telling us the suspects in this case not only hid the death of a man but they robbed him blind for years afterwards. people in this vallejo neighborhood first noticed it coming from the backyard of this home on warren avenue. >> my sister had walked over there and got about to where the red car is. and she's like, wow, i mean, she could smell it from that far off. >> reporter: a smell to gruesome it could only have been one thing. the badly decompromised body of a person. romar, a drifter, had been dead for two years. authorities say his son, 22- year-old joseph romer, never told a soul. instead, he allegedly hid the body in a large box and stashed it here in a backyard. >> i can't believe somebody would even think about doing that. >> reporter: even worse, authorities say joseph romar and his girlfriend began collecting the dead man's money. thousands of dollars in pension checks, over two years. relatives at the home did not want to speak when we knocked on their door. authorities say they did
tara mergener shows us, the deal they're thinking about now takes the can down the road again. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell left the capitol tight lipped and smiling after working behind closed doors to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. >> need progress today, sir? >> reporter: he and harry reid are working on scaled-down agreement that focuses on avoiding a middle-class tax hike. the plan is to present it to the full senate for a vote on sunday and send it to the house and hoax john boehner was at the capitol and left with no comment. both sides remain at odds over the democrat's insistence that the wealthy pay more in taxes. >> the president's tax hook would only fund the government for eight days. americans deserve to know what is the president -- what does the president propose we do for the other 357 days of the year. >> reporter: president obama insists his plan on the table is fair and includes plenty of cuts to government spending. >> we just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: if sunday's negotiations
one that made the gun used in newtown, connecticut. and this has led to a series of political maneuvers. in an open letter to the president today, eight big city mayors from new york to los angeles asked for an outright ban on assault weapons. >> it's clear that gun is not for the streets it's not for sports. it's really a gun of war. >> reporter: san francisco mayor ed lee and oakland mayor jean quan agree with the federal assault weapons ban that's already in place in california. the two cities just had their largest gun buy-back event taking 600 firearms off the streets. >> the reality is we can buy back hundreds but if we can't stop the flow into nevada and increasingly now for the internet and other sources, this is where we really need and that's why i think you see the mayors across the country trying to put pressure on the federal government. >> reporter: but will public sentiment last long enough to fight strong lobbying groups line the nra? san jose mayor chuck reed weighed in. >> i think people have a right to not necessarily use assault weapons anytime anywhere the
, and we are thinking about you here a lot, all of us, even though we're -- thinking about you here a lot, all of us, even though we're -- [ applause ] captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." students are going back to school today in newtown, connecticut, except for the boys and girls of sandy hook elementary. their new school in a nearby town is not ready yet. >> investigators are still trying to figure out what led to this massacre. jeff glor is in newtown, connecticut, where two young victims were laid to rest on monday. jeff, good morning. >> reporter: nor agood morning to you. we are one week away from christm christmas. here in connecticut, it will be a week full of funerals for the victims of friday's shooting. in connecticut on monday, the first two funerals were held for the victims of friday's shooting. 6-year-old noah pozner and 6-year-old jack pinto. the state's governor and lieutenant governor each attended one of the services. >> you try to feel their pain but you can't. you try to find some words that you hope will be adequate, knowing that they'll be i
to bashar al-assad the syrian dictator who is fighting a rebellion by his own people. assad has not used his chemical weapons, including nerve gas, but the possibility that he might threatens to pull the united states into that middle east conflict. here's how mr. obama put it. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command. the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> pelley: so why did the president say it today? david martin hat the pentagon has been talking to his sources. >> reporter: this is a commercial satellite photo of a syrian chemical weapons base. u.s. monitoring of roughly two dozen bases like this indicates the assad regime has begun preparing its chemical weapons for use. orders have been issued to bring together chemical ingredients which are normally stored separately for safety, but when combined form a deadly nerve agent sarin. throughout months of heavy fighting, intelligence ana
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